It’s been another disappointing week for Arsenal.
Their 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace saw them slip to fourth and remain 13 points behind league leaders Leicester with just five matches remaining.
It meant that the Gunners are no longer looking up the table, hoping to catch the Foxes, but they’re now nervously looking down with Manchester United just four points behind them.
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But there was one silver lining - albeit very small - in an otherwise poor few days for the north London club.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere played another game for the Under 21s as he gets closer to a return to the first-team. The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Arsene Wenger’s side all season but scored his first goal in ten months against West Brom Under-21s.
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Wilshere brought the ball down beautifully inside the box and his powerful shot couldn’t be kept out by the goalkeeper.
It was just a small step in his long rehabilitation, but the goal will give the midfielder plenty of confidence.
Check out his strike below:
The talented playmaker suffered a hairline crack to his left fibula in training back in August and the injury was only considered to be minor.
After the injury, Wenger told the club’s official website: “The information you have heard about Jack Wilshere is right,” he said.
“I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula that makes him a few weeks out.
“There is minimal damage apart from the bone damage - there is no damage at all apart from that. It was a collision in training and it was all completely accidental.”
Setback after setback
However, the following month, Wilshere had to undergo surgery on his leg and was believed to keep him out for three further months. A few more setbacks following his operation has seen Wilshere sidelined for eight months in total, missing almost the entire campaign.
With just five fixtures remaining for Arsenal this season, Wilshere doesn’t have long to prove his fitness ahead of England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Hodgson names his squad on May 12, leaving Wilshere just a few weeks to impress. The England boss refused to comment on whether Wilshere will make the squad and compared his situation to others that have struggled with injury recently.
“I think we have got a very interesting situation going ahead with four or five players, all of whom could quite easily be mechanically fit and capable of taking part of the Euros, but will be returning from very long injuries,” Hodgson said, per Sky Sports.
“I think I will have plenty to talk about, myself, Ray (Lewington) and Gary (Neville), when we look at the whole group that could possibly be there."
Hodgson continued: “There’s no disguising the fact that people like Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, for example, Wayne Rooney, a year ago they were five players who were getting into every squad.
“Things have happened to them and we have to reassess.
“If we are not convinced, we have to give it some thought," he added.